Exterminating Angels (2007)

Exterminating Angels



Critic Consensus: Explicit and shocking, but there is no substance or statement on human behavior underneath the taboo-breaking.

Movie Info

Francois, a filmmaker, is preparing a thriller. During screen tests for a brief nude scene with an actress, he discovers the pleasure some women can have in the transgression of minor erotic taboos. Driven by the desire to contribute something new to the cinema, he decides to make a film that mixes fiction and reality and centers on something which unexpectedly becomes an enigma and a taboo: the minor transgressions that are a source of pleasure. His research into eroticism raises basic … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Claude Brisseau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 24, 2007
IFC First Take



as Stéphanie

as François' Wife

as Apparition 1/Rebecca

as Apparition 2

as Grandmother

as Virginie

as Agnès

as Céline

as Stéphane's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Exterminating Angels

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18)

Endless auditions get the annoying Francois nowhere closer to grasping what turns women on.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Critics I admire have assured me that many of Brisseau's earlier films are less silly, more interesting, and even commendable.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The content may be dubious, but the execution is hypnotic.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Gorgeous French silliness, yes, featuring stunning women having languorous, artful sex with each other. What was I saying? Oh yes, the silliness. Artful, gorgeous, sexy, sure, but ridiculous nonetheless.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Denver Post
Top Critic

[Director] Brisseau calculatedly offsets the silliness of the surreal elements and the earnestness applied to the sex by savoring the overall absurdity.

Full Review… | April 12, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Mr. Brisseau honors the infinitely varying psyches of his female subjects. One may scoff at his voyeuristic self-indulgence, but when you come right down to it, isn't that what the cinema is all about, one way or another?

March 21, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Exterminating Angels


[font=Century Gothic]In "Exterminating Angels", a film director, Francois(Frederic van den Driessche), decides that following an actress' bad experience involving a sex scene on his previous film, that he will make his next about female sexuality. Since there are sex scenes involved, his screen test will involve two parts, the first of which involves an actress masturbating on camera, but he has a hard time getting any woman to participate until he meets Julie(Lise Bellynck) in a neighborhood bar.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Exterminating Angels" is a seuxally explicit and thought-provoking movie that is not about sex per se. In reality, it is about no matter how casual or temporary a relationship is, be it a one night stand or making a film, there is always going to be a residual emotional connection. And sometimes people cannot help being hurt.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]However clear-sighted director Jean-Claude Brisseau may be about other facets of his movie, the character of the director still leaves something to be desired. Francois is staightforward and gentlemanly towards the actresses and complimented by them for being a good listener but if his sole purpose was to learn about female sexuality, then why not just hand his wife a 20-page questionnaire or simply listen to her?[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The angels and dead grandmother almost push the movie into David Lynch and Wim Wenders territory. They were not necessary and even a little pretentious.[/font]

Walter M.

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